Comedy Girls' Love
She's a zombie, she's a vampire. Do I have to make it more obvious?
The Last Line 'Manga'
Her village was destroyed when she took some vegetables and fruits at the mountain, everything's gone, leaving nothing but her best friend and her stepsister. Her Mother's dead body lay down on the floor, made those big of her eyes wide open from shocks. Zahrein's goals are twofold, bringing back her Father and destroying her sister's family!
Boys' Love Comedy
Chris and Leo meet in a Comic-Con of their town, but after that, they could not contact anymore… until Chris arrives to the same residence than Leo, and even the same room! But things are not as perfect as they seem… Would they be good friends, after all?
Mist go is exhausted in her life and she is sick of being under so her friend suggested getting a man who will give her power little did she know the man that she will seduce has an underground business. Will she be able to succeed in seducing her CEO? Will she stick to her plan?
Welcome to a world where plants can come to life! A cactus that loses his spikes when he's embarrassed x A tumbleweed that always runs away after whining. At the botanic academy for humanized plants, there is an ultimately adorable and funny story every day!
Pink Flower Romance
Colette was the richest and most popular girl in school, but everything started to go downhill when one day her family became bankrupt and her handsome boyfriend decided to dump her and spread nasty rumors about her around school. What makes matters worst is that the new popular transfer student is the same guy who killed her dog and he refuses to leave her alone. Will Colette’s life continue to be filled with misfortune as she adjusts to her new lifestyle?
The White Queen or The 100 Worlds. 18
Her whole life has changed in a moment when she said 'Yes'
Romance of Flash Wedding
Because of an accident, he was forced to lose his virginity by his blind date! Who is he? One of the most powerful childe in this city. Rumor has it that countless beauties are willing to bow in homage. But he preserves his moral integrity and stays away from being womanizing. Who is she? The eldest daughter of a rich and powerful family. But she is out of favor with her family. He said: “Marry me, our marriage will be a protective umbrella for you.” She said: “I don’t want to make a convenience of you. I am not in love with you.” And he said: “But I kind of like you.”
Romance with His Four Personalities
I have encountered four Mr. Gu; A prince charming, a trouble-maker, a bad guy and a guardian angel. Four different Mr. Gu will eventually merge into one to become my one and only Mr. Gu! A Substitute Bride Cinderella vs Mr. Gu with Four Personalities, how will their story turn out?
Romance of A Lucky Farmer
After offending a big shot, Yi Feng, a graduate majoring in medical phytology, became out of work. Having no choice, he went back to his village and started planting medical herbs. Hundreds of acres of medicinal herbs were grown, due to climate, however, he reaped nothing and even owed a debt of one million yuan. Every cloud has a silver lining, when he was in desperation, he got a mysterious inheritance. After that, the profits poured in from all sides, and he turned into a stunner welcomed by various women, including beautiful village girl, charming widow, gorgeous doctor, innocent school babe and cold goddess.
When Doctor Chu Wants Romance
For ten years, Beatriz has been in bitter love with Travis. She has been trapped in the taste of his gentleness. But every answer to the implicit confession of her love is the coolest rejection. Finally, when she makes up her mind to let it go, Travis suddenly finds his life is so pale and boring without her and she has taken up the most important part of his life. Screwing up courage, Travis decides to make the final response: he wants to love and take great care of her.
Bei's Secret Marriage: Romance My Wife
He is a bossy CEO with businesses all over the world and is the fourth son of the notable Morgan family. She is a beautiful bookworm, international hacker and a bit of a stuck-up narcissist. A conspiracy leads them to cross paths. From then on, their destinies become forever intertwined…
Action Comedy Seinen
Taking a break from her popular, brilliant, Fullmetal Alchemist; Arakawa-sensei drew up a one-chapter humorous Shounen story about a Frankenstein tournament, for mangazine GX to commerate their 5th year anniversary. (Source: Anime-Source)
Yaoi romances in France's Ancient Régime. #1 - Otona no Kiss (Adult's Kiss) #2 - Amakute Kiken no Himitsu (Sweet and Dangerous Secret) #3 - Itoshiku Tsumetai Kimi (Beloved Cold You) Vol3 extra is called Unmatured Swallow. (Source: M-U)
Durarara!! 18 Shiryaku
Action Drama Supernatural
A series of side stories that were bundled with the first press release of all 18 Blu-ray/DVD volumes of the 2nd season of the anime.
A contract marriage!? Satsuki has gone to England to study acting, but it's all he can do to pay his living expenses. Just then, the handsome Count Edward offers him money in exchange for entering a fake marriage! If Edward isn't married by his next birthday, he will lose most of his assets. The two start out awkwardly, but gradually grow attracted to each other. But then a misunderstanding leads Edward to grow jealous, and he forcibly embraces Satsuki...!? The gorgeous love story of the century is here!! (Source: DMP)
Drama Historical Romance
"I am a human, but a doll... Feelings are not needed. Physically alive, but not mentally. I am a painting trapped inside rusted frame. The cold skin of a statue. Life a stuffed bird- killed and set for display I wonder... I wonder on whose display I will be put on..." Suzette, a young girl, is regarded as a ‘living painting’ and comes from owner to owner. One day a young aristocrat, Ian McPolt buys her as a new item for his huge antics collection. But will Suzzete always be regarded as an item or will they develop some deeper feelings for each other? (Source: Esthétique and Osuwari Team)
Comedy Romance Shoujo
Ito's favorite author has been right around her corner all this time. But he wasn't quite how she imagined he'd be. Will romance still ultimately bloom between these two? (Source: Paperdolls Project Scanlations)
Comedy Romance School
Yuu is famous for having an extreme brother complex. In reality, she has emotions for her little brother, Hiro, which have far exceeded a normal sisterly love. A little complicated family love comedy from the author of "Hyakko." This is a story of forbidden love with an older sister, a younger brother and their half sibling Tomo as well. (Source: M-U)
Action Comedy Shounen
First of two One Piece prototype one-shots, which was later collected in One Piece Red: Grand Characters data book, published in 2002.
Action Drama Romance
Bong-Man used to be an accomplished hit-man but he gave it all up when he fell in love with one of his targets and married her. 7 years later, he lives a stunningly mundane life being bossed around by his now plastic surgery crazed wife and their teenage daughter. He yearns for his younger days when he was a strong and powerful killer but when an attractive teenage girl, Miu, enters his life, he suddenly finds a new reason to live. (Source: Spottoon)
1-3. Kizutsuite Romance (The Painful Romance) 4-5. Aisareru tte Muzukashii (It's Hard to be Loved) 6. Dynamite Eros-senpai
Romance School Shoujo
Momiji knits a sweater for her friend, Yunobe, who's going to be in the school's Christmas fashion show. (Source: MU)
Hatsune grew up with the gentle Ken'ichi-niichan and the mean Kenji. Hatsune wants to become Ken'ichi-niichan's bride when she grows up, but he already has a girlfriend. Though, one day, she hears from Kenji that they've broken up. Time for her to launch attacks on Ke'ichi-niichan! (Sorce: MangaUpdates)
The story revolves around a writer Kakitani who runs a small agency and Suo, a simple barber. They have been living together for six years. The protagonists do no consider each other as friends, but they have something to confess after such long cohabitation. (Source: Akibastation)
Volume 3 of series. First 2 volumes are Kareshi Irimasenka and Kareshi no Himitsu Contents 1) Winter Romance (2 chapers) 2) Love Inside the Hand (2 chapters) 3) Little Romance (3 chapters) (Source: MangaFox)
18-sai no Kodou
Another tender love story which fails to run smoothly from the master of such works Yukari Kawachi! This is a one volume "novel" type manga. Rui will be a model, and Tougo will be a painter—the two young childhood friends dream about their future. When Rui's father dies when she is 17, she goes to Tokyo, to fulfill her dreams—and meets a handsome make-up artist and...! (Source: Hidoi~! Translators)
Comedy Drama Romance
Sangbum, a misogynistic, germophobic plastic surgeon, is shocked to discover that the sperm he donated as a medical student has resulted in a 13-year-old daughter, Myunghae. Myunghae's foster parents were killed in an accident, so she gets unceremoniously dropped into her biological dad's life. Sangbum isn't prepared for the responsibilities of fatherhood, but he quickly comes to love the daughter who looks so much like him. While she adjusts to her happy new life with Sangbum, however, Myunghae is shocked to learn that her boyfriend is now dating her best friend. And then she has to contend with the attentions of Bokit, one of the popular kids at school... (Source: Netcomics)
Adorable one shot about a girl from the dessert and king of a hated country. (Source: MU)
School Shoujo Ai
Naoko Hayashi has hay fever, and when she runs out of tissues on the train one day, she's surprised to see Yasuka Mizushima, an aloof gyaru from her school, hand her a tissue packet.
18-sai no Himitsu
Romance School Shoujo
18-year-old Sako is tired of her loveless high school life. Her only comfort is her teacher whom she frequently visits for love advices. Now that her graduation is coming up, will she be able to seize the love that she has always wanted?
A fun guide that teaches the basics of the art of manga by one of the most well-known mangaka in the business! Follow Eri on her journey to "become a pro and inspire people with dreams!"
Manga Science was serialized in a science magazine for elementary school students. From the cutting edge to the more familiar science, unique characters make it all easy to understand. This popular science manga can be enjoyed by all regardless of age. (Source: JManga)
Mystery Romance Shounen
Graduating at the top of her class, elite detective candidate Jun Shibata is transferred to the section that handles cases deemed "unsolvable" by the department. Her partner, though a well-respected and experienced detective, has grown complacent after unsuccessfully pursuing these cases that many consider an exercise in futility. With her upper class breeding, her colleagues don't expect much from her either, but she suprises them all with her motivation and astounding powers of deduction. (Source: Asian Wiki)
The story revolves around Kaname, a first-year university student, his girlfriend Itsumi, and other members of their university's 'East Asia Investigation Committee,' as well as their resident Korean friend, Kouichi. Kaname initially believes the story of Japanese oppression of colonized Korea as taught at school and is critical of his grandfather who once worked for the colonial government in Korea. Kaname's belief, however, is subsequently challenged by his grandfather's last words before his death that 'Japan contributed to the development of Korea.' Confused, Kaname decides to join the history group on entering the university and begins his quest for the 'truth' about Korea and Japan-Korea relations. Throughout the comic, he and Itsumi accumulate knowledge on Korea and Japan-Korea relations from the Internet, books, and senior members of the history group. In each chapter they debate opponents such as Kouichi, other history study groups, citizen activists, and South Korean students over issues such as the Japanese colonization of Korea, the status of Korean residents in Japan, and who should accept responsibility for the war. Invariably they win every debate.
An autobiography of the duo Fujio Fujiko, creators of Paman and Doraemon. How they become friends and developed love for manga—but their passion lead them into different ways in the end. (Source: MU)
In a desolate future, a girl is living her life day by day. Doing whatever it takes to survive. Her life is completely changed after meeting an old woman, and stealing her most precious shoujo manga.
New manga editor Haruka has just been assigned to her favorite manga artist ever, Kuroi Ritsu. Kuroi-sensei's manga, "With You" motivated her to turn her life around. When she finally meets shut-in, mopey, entirely unfashionable Kuroi-sensei, Haruka is in for a bit of a shock. (Source: Okazu)
Thousand Years Romance
Comedy Fantasy Romance
A collection of three stories. Summary of story 1 from Selene Scans: A light-hearted shoujo that is beautifully presented by a Taiwanese mangaka named Huang Jia Li. The manga is divided into three episodes: The Myth of the Laurel Tree, The Eden Garden Fantasia, and Midsummer Night's Fantasy. The Myth of the Laurel Tree: The story makes references to the story between Apollo and a nymph he met in Greek mythology, although this information is not required to enjoy the it. Laurel (*hint, hint) and her younger sister are supposed to go to Egypt for another one of her "stone-collecting" vacations. However, things take an unexpected turn as soon as she meets a young man named Apollo (*hint, hint) who, in many girls eyes, may be too beautiful for words. For example, instead of being on a plane to Egypt, as she originally planned, the plane is hijacked by two odd terrorists to change course to Greece--even though that is already the intended destination! To makes things even weirder, the two hijackers' names are Cupid and Pan. What's going on? (Source: MU)
Shounen Shoujo Romance
Comedy Drama Shoujo
Ran's dream is to meet a prince, one of those you see in fairy tales. After several years Ukyo is back... to become her prince? With Ran living in her own fairy tale world and Ukyo not able to express his feelings and thus bullying her, how will this couple work?
Sokonashi Freefall Romance
Comedy Drama Yaoi
Collection of six oneshots: 1. The first story takes place at school and is about a wild, slacker seme and his over-protective uke. 2. Ore to Kareshi to Aitsu to Kare (Me and my boyfriend, him and his Boyfriend) A story of bestfriends who gets along very well. The other even gets to see how his best friend gets fucked by the boyfriend, every night. A funny and somewhat sad story. 3. A story of a man who married a woman who's 10 years older; a story of this man and his stepson, to be precise. 4. Kajou na Aijou, Shinratsu na Gekijou (Too Mush Affection, Bittersweet Passion) The uke got fucked by colleagues, not by the boyfriend. And it's not one colleague, it's five! Rare huh?! 6. Fathomless Cage A brutal rapist/robber and his victim. (Source: MangaUpdates)
R-18 Love Report!
Romance School Shoujo
Riko Mitsumi is sixteen year-old girl who is pretty and a good student. She would be like most girls if she wasn't constantly dreaming about sex and using a pseudonym to write about it. (Source: M-U)
Oyayubi kara Romance
Comedy Drama Romance
Massage Research Society's high expectated star Chiaki is normal, quiet high schooler. She falls in love at first sight for the guy with beautiful back who rides her bus every morning. But he just happened to be school's number one good looking guy Yousuke...!? What will happen to them!? (Source: Serenus Dreamers)
Romance no Hakoniwa
Chiyo is a smart guy. However, he’s lacking in artistic instinct. His roommate, on the other hand, has that in surplus. Will Chiyo learn a thing or two from his genius acquaintance? The stories take place in an alternate universe in which students learn to use magic and skills to create intricate works of art. (Source: Echochi)
Romance no Kusuri
Comedy Romance Shoujo
With this revolutionary manga, later king of Japanese horror manga Kazuo Umezu pioneered the genre "Rabu-kome” (Romance Comedy) in shojo manga. (Source: MU)
System of Romance
Drama Romance Psychological
A girl whose name is unspoken had sex with a man she met on a chatline after her 16th birthday. After two years she meet him again under new and less-than-favorable circumstances...
Romance no Kaori
Kazuki wakes to the realization that he fell asleep while having sex with his lover Chiharu. Hungry for more, will Kazuki be able to seduce Chiharu and pick up where they left off? Short story
Romance Godan Katsuyou
Drama Romance Shoujo
Adopted by middle classed parents, Mugiko has always dreamed to be an heiress. Who knew that one day this dream would come true. Mugiko's biological grandfather is the head of a prestigious family and after many years of searching, he finally finds his long lost granddaughter. As she starts her life as an heiress, everyday is filled with excitement, however, everything seems a bit different from what she had imagined, especially when her grandfather plans her engagement with Yoshiki, his previous heir, a cool boy who doesn't aknowledge her as the true heiress. (Source: Stage Storm)
Futeki ni Romance
Young Master Ruiko, as yet in high school, is being trained to succeed his ailing grandfather as president of the company. Appointed to be his tutor is Naguko Shouichi, a highly valued employee of his grandfather's. Initially pleased with the arrangement, Ruiko comes upon Naguko kissing a man, and throws a major hissy fit because oh noes, homos are so disgusting. And yet, whenever Naguko stands close to him, Young Master Ruiko gets those strange, warm feelings creeping all through his body. (from B-U)
Deka ni Romance
Romance Yaoi Police
1. Deka ni Romance (Police Romance) 2. Deka ni Love Romance 3. Shiawase na Ookami (The Wolf's Happiness) 4-5. Jack-O'-Lantern
Taiyou no Romance
Shounen Ai Supernatural
Motoki was originally an ordinary guy with an ordinary life. Soon, however, Motoki starts noticing that things are changing in himself and his surroundings. His bad eyesight is cured, and suddenly he becomes prettier. As if in response to this mysterious change, two strange men appear in class, Shidou and Kubota. His classmates tell him that they have always been there, but he has no recollection of them. Then he finds out that both of them are after his life, and planning on "devouring his heart." (Source: MU)
Okujou Pikapika Romance
Romance School Shoujo Ai
1. Koigokoro Metronome 2. Wagamama Fuzz to Pikapika-san 3. Double Bind 4. in secret...? 5. Koi-iro Etude
Romance to Innocence
Uno is disowned by his father when the father discovers that he has a male lover, thus he relocates himself to a boarding school. There, his roommate Sakurai is annoyed about Uno's crush on his neighbor Keisuke... Mangafox
Manga no Ma
Hirose Arisu's dream is to be a mangaka! But is it as simple as it seems? Will she be able to rise to being a great mangaka like her classmate Usami? Or will she continue to be a failure...?
Nanami 18-sai Mama ni Narimashita
Nanami's older sister ran away from a member of a Japanese mafia; therefore, even though Nanami is only a 18-year-old boy, he has to be the mother of the baby and a captive.
Manga no Tsukurikata
Shoujo Ai Seinen
Asuka, who debuted as a manga artist at the age of 13 but has not had work since then and is now 19. Fresh off from graduating high school, she gets inspired by the works of Sachi, and decides to quit her job in order to become a manga artist again. Since girl's love and boy's love are currently popular genres, she decides to go out with a former co-worker, Morishita who is in love with her, in order to gain experience. Later, she finds out that Morishita is actually Sachi. Included one-shots: Volume 7: Pii-chan Volume 8: Shoujo A
Taken from kotonoha: In the song "Too Much Blood," Mick Jagger asked, "Do you remember Japanese student kill and ate his girlfriend in Paris?" That world-wide-known cannibal is Kazumasa Sagawa. He was eventually released by French authorities because he was diagnosed with a mental disorder. He was sent to Japan, but Japanese psychologists couldn't find anything wrong with his mental condition, so he went free! In his own comic, written and drawn by himself, Sagawa details the murder and the banquet just like a gourmet guide. "The flesh of her butt is incredibly soft and juicy like genuine filet." Does it make you feel rush into a rest room or Sizzler? Warning: This manga contains very disturbing scenes such as cannibalism, mutilation, desmembering, etc. (In short: Guro) READ AT CAUTION!
Tetsudou Shoujo Manga
Shoujo Ai Josei
1. Rouman Hikou ni Nottotte 2. Kare no Sumu Illuda 3. Rittai Kousa no Eki (Overpass Junction) 4. Ao to Shiro no Ream 5. Mokuyoubi no Savarin 6. Yoru wo Kasaneru 7. Aru Kyuujitsu
Adidas Manga Fever
An anthology collection with manga & illustrations from Japanese and international artists for the FIFA World Cup 2002.
Manga Yonin Shosei
Four young Japanese men immigrate to San Francisco at the start of the 20th century. There they adopt American names and set out to learn western ways and seek their fortunes. Henry (the author’s alter ego) enrolls in art school to learn the western style of painting, Charlie studies American democracy, Fred plans to become a successful farmer, and Frank wants to be a prosperous merchant. Along the way they experience first hand the events affecting Northern California and the United States at that time; the 1906 earthquake, the World’s Fair, and World War I. (Source: MU)
18 Years Old, We Got Married
Life isn't that great when it's composed of a stubborn sister, single mom, and a dad that left you for someone else? If that's not enough, you meet a dwarf that's part of a famous boy band? Could this get any worse?! (Source: Within Silence)
7200 Byou no Romance
Fantasy Romance Shoujo
This is a cinderella-like story in which a shy and common girl gets a pair of glass slippers. The slippers enable her to transform into a cinderella. In this form she's loved by the guy she has a secret crush on. (Source: M-U)
Romance at Our School
Romance School Yaoi
All the stories intertwine and are best read in sequence. 1,4) High-school student and tattoo artist Tohru is holding a secret love for his friend. So when he's confessed to by his junior he turns the boy down flat. But Katsumi isn't one to give up easily. 2,5) Former students and current sensei's Kikawa and Meguro had a relationship as children. But that was all over years ago, right? So why can't Kikawa stop thinking about Meguro? 3,6) Student Katahana can't help but wonder why his close friend Tohmune always wears an undershirt. What exactly is he trying to hide underneath his clothes? 7-9) Since he met Katsumi, Tohru feels he been acting strangely. He can't seem to concentrate on anything, even his tattoos. And the tangled relationships between artists and their subjects seem keep coming between them. (from B-U)
Love Romance Sweet Kiss
Drama Romance Yaoi
“You were watching me, weren’t you?” Handsome features, magnificent physique, the returning elite of America: Saeki, the bespectacled beauty of the Systems Department. While Kurahashi is the perpetrator of a crime! His pride is unforgivable. He has a ruthless attitude, so why does his hot gaze stir up Saeki’s heart? A subordinate and a proposal from the son of a distinguished family! Five star love story with a happy ending! Specially drawn, the latest work full of salary men! (Source: Blissful Sin)
Silent Manga Audition: Sekai kara Todoita Japanese Manga
Comedy Drama Romance
Compilation book of winning works of the "2013 Silent Manga Audition" first round ("Love Letter" theme). See more info for details.
Romance - Itoshiku Tsumetai Kimi
Large compilation work containing: The Romance series Mijyukuna Tsubame to Emerarudo Anata no Negai Watashi no Omoi Sore wa Tenshi no Herikutsu Watashi wo Hanazono e Tsuretette Itoshiku Tsumetai Kimi Yuuutsuna 5 Gatsu no Bara Mathias Kitto Ravian Rose
Manga de Wakaru Shinryounaika
The psychologist Ryou and his cheerful nurse Asuna explain many aspects of mental illness to the reader. They cover topics such as the validity, prevalence, and origins of mental disorders, in addition to addressing specific disorders. The information is imparted in a cheerful and comic manner, with various jokes, puns, and pop culture references. (Source: MangaHelpers)
Star Wars Manga Black
Contains original stories set in the Star Wars universe featuring characters from the six films. This work shows you many different sides of the familiar franchise, featuring everything from comedy to tragedy to despair to redemption. (Source: Waterstones) The following stories are in Star Wars Black; * Perfect Evil Part 1 by Hiromoto-SIN-Ichi * Tantive IV by Formalin * Evil Eyes by Nao * Dear Anakin by Furi Furi Company Also contains three illustrations by Kia Asamiya, Yuji Kaida, and Tsutomu Takahashi.
Manga of the Dead
Action Adventure Drama
1. And I Love Her 2. Dead and Fail to Die 3. Yuki Youkai Ningen Organogel 4. Fight of the Living Dead 5. Shitai to Kurasu na Kodomotachi 6. Zombie 7. Shounen Zombie 8. Shiryou no Mori (Source: MU)
Hetappi Manga Kenkyuujo R
Comedy Shounen Slice of Life
Saitou, an editor at Weekly Shounen Jump is tired of his work, tired of being forced to work like a slave while receiving a small salary. He decides to be a Mangaka and dreams of getting rich quick. Then he looks for Murata Yuusuke, Mangaka of Eyeshield 21, and threatens him and gets him to teach him how to draw manga. Murata starts with the description of the basic tools, tips on how to draw a face, body, girl, etc. They also receive special guests as lecturers, like Kawashita Mizuki (Ichigo 100%), Matsui Yuusei (Nougami Neuro), Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi (Toriko) and Togashi Yoshihiro (Hunter X Hunter).
Manga Reportage: Chuunen Doutei
Comedy Slice of Life
Tells the story of eight Japanese men, aged 30 to 50, who have never had sex.
Mou Shoujo Manga nante
1. Mou Shoujo Manga nante 2. Heroine Blue 3. Michikusa Shounen Shoujo 4. Usotsuki House 5. Time Machine wa Uso wo Tsuku (Lying Time Machine)
X-Men: The Manga
Based on the popular American comic book series, it was created as an attempt of Marvel Comics to break into the manga industry.
Star Wars Manga Silver
Contains original stories set in the Star Wars universe featuring characters from the six films. This work shows you many different sides of the familiar franchise, featuring everything from comedy to tragedy to despair to redemption. (Source: Waterstones) Star Wars Silver contains the following stories; * Perfect Evil Part 2 by Hiromoto-SIN-ichi * Oh!! Jawajawa by Hitoshi Ariga * Star Wars -Phantasmagoria- by Baron Ueda * Vader vs. R2 & 3PO by Makomo Nakatsuka * Dark Jedi by Yasushi Nirasawa Also contains two fold-out illustrations by Yuji Kaida and Kia Asamiya.
Manga Nihon Keizai Nyuumon
Historical Slice of Life
They are burning Japanese cars in Detroit. The top management at Toyosan Motors must decide whether to begin offshore production of its cars in the U.S. But our hero Mr. Kudo fears that offshore production will devastate the numerous local subcontractors of Toyosan, leading to a hollowing out of the auto industry in Japan, leaving only a financial shell. The American color TV industry has already suffered such a fate. The villain, Mr. Tsugawa, calls Kudo a wimp and sees a splendid opportunity for union busting. Will our hero prevail? Thus begins the first episode of this rollicking yet incisive introduction to the world economy from the Japanese point of view. Other episodes treat the appreciation of the yen, the impact of the 1970s oil shocks, deficit financing, the internationalization of business and banking, and the post-industrial future of Japan and the Pacific Rim. The book is an English edition of volume 1 of Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon, originally published in 1986 by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. It is based on a serious introductory text put out by the newspaper and is packed with informative charts and facts. When the comic book was first published in Japan, it was an immediate best-seller, selling over 550,000 copies in less than a year. The stories in the book reflect Japan's national mood during the "Japanese miracle" and into the 1980s economic bubble: apprehension and optimism jostle one another, and there is a sense of national self-pity. The book also reflects a deep suspicion of politics and bureaucrats. The prime minister appears more worried about his government's popularity than about taking the right economic course. Ultimately, the employees at Toyosan Motors demonstrate that the success of the Japanese economy will not depend on natural resources or politics but on business practices that are ethical, socially responsible, and forward-looking (Source: University of California Press)